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A severe form of epilepsy could be treated with cholesterol medication


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A severe form of epilepsy could be treated with cholesterol medication

Health 13 November 2019 By Chelsea Whyte There may now be a new way to treat people prone to particularly severe seizuresKelly J Hall/Getty ImagesIt may be possible to lessen the severity of a rare and potentially lethal form of epilepsy with common statins, which are used to lower cholesterol levels for people with heart…

A severe form of epilepsy could be treated with cholesterol medication


Health



13 November 2019

By Chelsea Whyte

EEG test for seizures

There may now be a new way to treat people prone to particularly severe seizures

Kelly J Hall/Getty Images

It may be possible to lessen the severity of a rare and potentially lethal form of epilepsy with common statins, which are used to lower cholesterol levels for people with heart disease.

Status epilepticus is a severe form of epilepsy in which seizures last more than 5 minutes and can sometimes go on for days or weeks, potentially leading to permanent brain damage or death.

Aurélie Hanin at the Brain and Spine Institute in Paris, France, and her colleagues analysed the …

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